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Blood and Bone China
2012, regia di Chris Stone (film) - 2011, regia di Chris Stone (serie tv)
Scheda: Nazione: AGB - Produzione: Chris Stone Films - Soggetto: Chris Stone (creatore anche della serie tv), Stephanie Cooper - Sceneggiatura: Chris Stone, Stephanie Cooper - Fotografia: Chris Stone - Montaggio: Chris Stone - Costumi: Craig Leonard - Musiche: Birthrite (sigla tv) - Effetti speciali: Kaz Preston - Formato: Color (la serie tv comprende 12 episodi) - Durata: 107' il film, 90' ogni episodio tv.
Cast: Anthony Miles, Rachel Shenton, John James Woodward, David Lemberg, Simon Hooson, Ryan Callaghan, Lara de-Leuw, Jeffrey Kidner, Ellie Astley, Lewis Brindley, Joanne Singer, Shelley Bosson, Matthew Steven Chambers, Mark Barnett.
Trama e commenti: blog.italiansubs.net: «Siete diventati allergici alla parola vampiri temendo di vedere adolescenti con canini aguzzi? Non preoccupatevi, succede anche a qualcuno nel Regno Unito. Siamo nel 1897, Stoke-On-Trent: Staffordshire, Inghilterra. La cittadina viene turbata da inspiegabili sparizioni e nelle sue strade, un tempo affollate, ora regna il silenzio. Quando a sparire è il medico del posto sarà il fratello, giovane veterinario, a mettersi alla sua ricerca… Blood and Bone China è una serie web in 12 episodi creata e diretta da Chris Stone, film-maker plurpremiato nato proprio a Stoke-On-Trent. La storia nasce da miti e leggende del posto, ma anche da eventi storici: uno degli episodi si basa infatti su un vero caso di vampirismo riportato dalla stampa locale. Quando ho letto “vampiri” mi sono fatto promettere dall’autore via Twitter che non ci sarebbero stati adolescenti, quando ho avuto la sua conferma ho iniziato a seguirla e i 3 episodi che sono stati pubblicati finora mi sono piaciuti tantissimo. La storia è interessante, e l’ambientazione è meravigliosa. Altro che gli inviti di Rutelli e Silvio a visitare l’Italia, questa sì che è promozione del territorio».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb (film) - IMDb (serie tv) - webseriestv.it - scifinal.com - dreadcentral.com - facebook.co - bloodandbonechina.com - dacsteronline.com - taliesinttlg.blogspot.it: «There are times when something appears online that is both astounding, beautiful and free. Kudos to director Chris Stone who, over 2011, brought the Victorian Gothic back to the vampire genre in the sublime Blood and Bone China. Now that all 12 episodes are available online (with a completely re-shot episode 1) I felt it time for an honourable mention. The series is set in Stoke-on-Trent in the year 1897 (yes, the year that Bram Stoker first published Dracula) and Stone manages to recreate that Victorian setting incredibly well. It begins with Stoke doctor Richard Howell (Simon Hooson). He writes to someone, telling them of disturbing discoveries he has made. He fears that his letters are being intercepted and so begs his correspondent to meet him at the place they first met. He stands in a street when a woman approaches him, later revealed to be Victoria (Lara de-Leuw). At first she solicits him and then, when the tactic fails, she eye mojos him. He manages to break free from her spell as she tries to bite him. He runs, pursued, until he passes through a tunnel and sees, ahead, a figure. He shouts a warning but the figure is another vampire (Ryan Callaghan) and Richard is trapped. Over in rural Buxton, Richard’s brother Newlyn (Anthony Miles) is a vet, and not a particularly good one. When we meet him he is pitting his wits against a rather tenacious border terrier, and coming off second best. He is approached by a man, later revealed to be Alexander Pyre (John James Woodward), who has come to tell him of Richard’s death. When details are offered, Pyre cannot say that Richard is dead – for certain – as no body has ever been found. He is one of many in Stoke who has disappeared without a trace. Newlyn agrees to go to Stoke but to find his brother, not investigate his death. When they reach Richard’s home, the door is ajar. They go in and explore the property and Newlyn is accosted by a large book judiciously applied to his head. His assailant is Anna Fitzgerald (Rachel Shenton), who is a reporter for the Sentinel (she writes under a male pseudonym). It was to her that Richard had written. Pyre shows her a package containing a bone china tea set, the thing that was recovered from Richard’s attack. Some of the set is broken and much blood-stained, but Anna recognises it as Hemlock China. It is a particularly fine and cheap china made by recluse Linus Hemlock (David Lemberg, who was also in the video for Moonlight by Lesbian Bed Death). He has a weekly gathering of the Stoke elite and Newlyn is encouraged to attend as the “new doctor” with Anna accompanying him as his wife. Of course we have already seen that there are vampires about and they are, indeed, associated with Hemlock China. Victoria is revealed to be Hemlock’s lover. We also see her bathing in blood in the first episode and she attacks Anna and Newlyn – causing Pyre to reveal himself as both Newlyn’s long lost uncle and a professional vampire hunter. Tracking vampire activity along the canals brought him to Stoke. The vampires are controlled by their creator – unless the creator happens to set them free and, when controlling them, their eyes become entirely black. Sunlight, presumably, has an effect but we do not see it in action. Silver (in the form of a plated stick sword and silver bullets) are effective against the undead. There is some suggestion of crosses warding the undead but the absolute effectiveness is not revealed. Not every victim who is turned (rather than disposed of) survives the turning process. Of course, a stake through the heart will kill a vampire and there is an incorporation of an actual true story, about a man dying due to his anti-vampire precautions. Blood and Bone China is the best vampire orientated web serial that I have seen. I have no hesitation in saying that. Professionally shot, edited, costumed and performed, my only question to Chris Stone is when is he going to make it available to buy on DVD, cut into a feature?».
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